Sean Kilpatrick Of Cincinnati Will Play Against Syracuse Despite Groin Injury

Cincinnati Bearcats sophomore guard Sean Kilpatrick hobbled off the court Saturday in the final seconds of a road-overtime loss, 77-74, at the West Virginia Mountaineers. And entering Monday's contest against the No. 3-ranked Syracuse Orange (7 p.m. on ESPN) there was some concern that Kilpatrick's health would keep him out, however, a few hours before Monday's tipoff CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman (via Twitter) reported that the 3-point bomber will play.

As proven Saturday at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who nailed eight of their 16 3-pointers in an upset victory over SU, 67-58, long-range shooting is key to defeating the Orange (20-1, 7-1 Big East), who suffered their first loss of the season.

And the numbers prove that Kilpatrick, who's averaging 2.8 3-pointers per game and 17.3 points per game, is a big part of the Bearcats' long-range success -- Cincy has made over 10 3-pointers per game since Dec. 10.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Sean Kilpatrick 20 34.2 5.6 12.7 43.7 2.8 7.1 39.4 2.1 2.8 75.0 1.6 3.1 4.7 1.5 1.7 1.6 0.4 1.3 16.0

For more on Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, check back to this StoryStream. Check out, the SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for everything Orange, while Down The Drive is all about the Bearcats. For more on Big East basketball, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias. If you're a college basketball nut, well, SB Nation's college basketball hub will solve your hoops cravings.

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